MS Medical Laboratory Science

Medical laboratory scientists are at the heart of a patient-centered health care team, managing labs and running tests that will inform diagnosis and treatment.

A career in medical laboratory science combines the challenges of medicine, pathology, basic sciences, and clinical laboratory sciences. Using state-of-the-art biomedical instruments, critical thinking skills, and molecular techniques, medical laboratory scientists are detectives. Loyola's two-year Master of Science in Medical Laboratory Science will give you the tools you need to enter this low-profile, but critically important, aspect of the health care field.

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Our commitment to you

Graduates with an MS in medical laboratory science degree will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional values to start a career in the lab.


  • Adequate knowledge and background experience to qualify for and pass national certification examinations
  • Depth of learning in various major fields of medical laboratory science


  • Competencies to work as an entry-level medical laboratory scientist
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills to serve the needs of patients, the health care team, scientific peers, and the general public

Professional Values

Faculty and administrators are engaged in a collaborative effort to recruit, retain, educate, and graduate health care professionals who contribute to the well-being of society. The overall goal of the MS in MLS program is to prepare you for a professional career in all facets of Medical Laboratory Science.

  • Provide students with the competency and knowledge of the clinical laboratory to enter the profession of medical laboratory science.
  • Facilitate the practice of strong communication skills sufficient to serve the needs of patients, the health care team, scientific peers, and the general public.
  • Cultivate the next generation of scientists’ leadership abilities to help guide the changing landscape of health care.

By the numbers


projected growth for medical laboratory lab jobs


million New health care jobs created by 2024


Vacancy rate in medical laboratory science field as of 2017


The MS in Medical Laboratory Science degree accepts students for fall semester enrollment and is designed to be completed within five continuous semesters of study over the course of two years.

Semester 1(13 credit hours)

Semester 2 (13 credit hours)

Semester 3 - summer (7 credit hours)

Semester 4 (14 credit hours)

Clinical Rotations at one of our affiliated laboratories consisting of practicums in the following areas:

Semester 5 (10 credit hours)

Clinical Rotations at one of our affiliated laboratories consisting of practicums in the following areas:


Applicants to the master in medical lab science program must submit the following:

  • Completion of the Loyola University Chicago graduate school admission application
  • Bachelor’s degree from a regionally accredited institution prior to matriculation
  • Official transcripts from all undergraduate institutions attended
  • Completion of the following prerequisite courses:
    • 16 semester hours (or 24 quarter hours) of biological science, including one semester of microbiology with a laboratory component
    • 16 semester hours (or 24 quarter hours) of chemistry with laboratory including one semester in organic or biochemistry
    • 3 semester hours (4 quarter hours) of mathematics
  • Minimum overall GPA of 3.0 out of 4.0
  • Three letters of recommendation
  • Statement of Purpose
  • Self-verification of the essential functions required of Medical Laboratory Scientists
International Applicants

International applicants must submit the following, in addition to the other application materials:

  • TOEFL or IELTS official score report
  • A Foreign Credential Report from ECE is required
Admission Policies

The Medical Laboratory Science Master of Science program is committed to reviewing all applications received in their entirety by May 15th and admissions decisions are made based on a review of the application materials.

Loyola University Chicago admits students without regard to race, color, sex, age, national or ethnic origin, religion, sexual orientation, ancestry, military discharge or status, marital status, parental status, or any other protected status.

Tuition and Fees

The Parkinson School of Health Sciences and Public Health and Loyola's Financial Aid Office are committed to helping students secure the financial resources to make their education at Loyola affordable.